Planets and the Perseid Meteor shower

Well, I’m a bit slow in posting this, but last Wednesday night we had a good night stargazing. We had around 25 people here checking out planets in the telescope that I purchased last year. The planets visible were Mars, Venus, Saturn, and Jupiter. I had purchased a new eyepiece for the telescope recently and it definitely was worth it. With it, we were able to see the color of Mars, the phase of Venus, the rings of Saturn, and four of Jupiter’s moons. If you were patient and looked very carefully, you could even make out the band on Jupiter! Throughout it all, meteors were appearing all over the sky. Turned out to be a pretty good night.